Guildford Travel Guide

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Guildford Things to Do

  • Quakers Acre

    Located in the town centre, the park acted a burial ground until it was handed to the borough in 1927. The park has various memorials and is in fact quite peaceful a short step away from the busy streets and Saturday market.

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  • Old Pottery Gallery

    This was an interesting and free experience, it is located about the entrance and shop of the Watts Galley in Compton.During our visit the exhibition showing was "Faces of Compton" by local artist Emma-Leone Palmer.For further information on her work, try looking at:www.emma-leonepalmer.comstudio@emma-leonepalmer.com+44 (0) 7830 070 833

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  • Memorial Plaques

    The town has many of these plaques and they provide a brief but informative history of the many locations around Guildford which are considered important.

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  • Guildford Castle

    There has been some refurbishment work undertaken and there is now a floor in the castle and you are able to visit it for a small fee. Sadly during our visit it was closed to the public, so we had to make do with staying outside in the grounds of the castle.

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  • Guildford Museum

    This is a typical town museum, outlining it's history from the earliest times to the more modern. The museum was running a WWI exhibition when we made out visit.Admission is free and they have a small shop at the entrance. They do not have any locker facilities.Interesting exhibits on the Denny brothers and the authors such as Lewis Carroll and...

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  • Watts Chapel and Cemetery

    "Watts Cemetery Chapel is a Grade I listed building which stands on Budburrow Hill in Compton near Guildford in Surrey. In May 1894 Compton Parish Council announced their plans to purchase this plot of land to use as burial ground. Four years later, on 1st July 1898, the Chapel was consecrated by the Bishop of Winchester and today it is still a...

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  • Watts Gallery

    I had seen a programme about G F Watts on television, and this prompted the visit on a very wet Saturday. However, it was a good choice and the weather was of no consequence.The gallery was opened in 1904 and then after many years of run down it was refurbished. It was reopened in 2011 by the Prince of Wales.There is a permanent collection, and...

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  • Guildford Castle and Grounds

    The stone tower of Guildford Castle was built during the 12th century. For a while the castle was one of England's most luxious royal residences, and under Henry III it became known as "The Palace". After only a few decades, however, it was left to fall into ruins. In 1885, it was bought by the Guildford Borough Council who turned what was left of...

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  • St. Mary's Church

    Built in the mid-10th century, St. Mary's Church is the oldest surviving building in Guildford. The fact that it was built in stone is rather surprising considering that most parish churches of that period were made of wood. The original stone tower (circa 1050) still survives.

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Guildford Hotels

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  • Radisson Edwardian Guildford

    3 Alexandra Terrace, High Street, Guildford GU1 3DA, England

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Barnett Hill

    Blackheath Lane, Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 0RF, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Holiday Inn Guildford

    Egerton Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XZ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Guildford Restaurants

  • A cultural coffee break

    The tea shop was a welcome stop during our visit to the Watts Gallery. It was raining, so to be inside and dry was a blessing. It was busy and the staff seemed quick, friendly and professional.They have a good menu and they also do event catering on site too. The cakes are excellent. the savoury products are good too.

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  • Curry? It's the British National Dish -...

    Anyone who has been to Britain or knows any of us Brits will know by now that we are curry addicts and if you work in IT then curry is a way of life. You commiserate and celebrate with a curry - it's a tradition! Apparently, the Chicken Tikka Masala is so popular amongst British people that it's now considered a national dish (although this dish is...

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  • A casual start for your night

    HA! HA! is a bar and restaurant in one. It's very casual: you do not need to dress up. The venue is split over two floors with tables and chairs both downs stairs and upstairs. The upstairs gallery is soundproofed, allowing customers to enjoy two different types of music.The food is freshly prepared. The kitchen is open from breakfast till late and...

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  • Fish and seafood

    Loch Fyne is not entirely particular for Guildford, since there are 38 establishments throughout Britain. Despite that it is a very nice and relaxed place to eat - if you enjoy your seafood. The restaurant is furnished very rustically with lots wooden materials on the walls and heavy wooden tables. The menu includes lobster, crap, shrimps, kippers,...

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  • Steaks, ribs, burgers

    If you are into American food, there are quite a few places in Guildford. I think TGI Fridays' fillet steaks are the best steaks on offer, so I'd choose this restaurant because of them. Portions are very generous though not very imaginative. The whole menu screams "American" all over it. Everything's big, comes with something extra (e.g. cheese,...

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  • Cajun, creole, French, Italian & W...

    Old Orleans is an American style restaurant that serves typical American food accompanied by Jazz and mellow rhythm & blues based on the spirit of New Orleans street party, Mardi Gras. The menu features flavours from Cajun, creole, French, Italian and West Indian cooking. The deco is a bizarre mixture of old style American signs and voodoo....

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Guildford Nightlife

  • Casino Nighclub = awfull....

    I was there Saturday 22nd June 2013 and I struggled to get in the vibe as the DJ was absolutely appalling, I thought I was at a kids party gone wrong! The drinks are extremely overpriced, your looking at around £7 for a malibu and coke filled to the top with ice! A member of the bar staff assualted an innocent young girl right infront of my eyes...

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  • where to go... and not to go!

    pubs here aren't open late, but are good quality. --the star at the bottom of high street caters for the slightly rowdier student crowd and occasionally gets spontaneously redecorated by drunken patrons. --the three pidgeons - also known locally as the three pigs, is half way up the hill --head down to the weir to visit the britannia (fondly called...

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  • Trendy Surrey club

    Harpers prides itself as Surrey's premier nightclub. The décor attempts to be trendy and features a podium as well as some sort marquee type of thing on the upper floor. The DJs on this floor play mostly new stuff (R'n'B, funky house and even electro at the end of the night). Downstairs playes mostly 80s and 90s hits. There are 3 bars and a VIP...

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  • AHA!!!

    There are several stages at Guilfest and unfortunately some bands that you want to see will be appearing at the same time on another stage so it is just impossible to see everything. But we DID see "aha" and they were fab - especially the one song anyone actually remembered "Take on Me" :)) There is no dress code here - you can wear a suit and/or...

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  • Crazy nights out in town

    The club is formerly known as Cinderellas. It has full club facilities, 2/3 bars, centralised dance floor with walk round access (no need to annoy people dancing by walking through) although the dance floor is relatively small, attended cloakroom, friendly bar staff, comfy lounge area in one corner, security Although not a massive club (200...

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  • All aboard!!

    The Pimms bus. This is an oh so definitely English experience - Pimms for a start is the epitome of the English Summer in a glass and the Pimms people have taken the old Routemaster buses and turned them into bars - with drinks served downstairs and installed seating upstairs! They take them to the festivals and lay blankets and deck chairs outside...

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Guildford Transportation

  • Taxis in guildford

    Guildford taxi ranks are everywhere in the city. Outside the train station, next to the Friary Shopping Centre and at the bottom of North Street on the other side of the road from the Electric Theatre. Taxis can also be booked by phone and here are the details of the company I used everyday while I was in Guildford and travelling to and from London...

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  • Just 30 minutes from London

    One of the reason's that property in and around Guildford is so expensive is due to the fact that it is on the main railway line to London. If you make sure you catch the direct line (only usually stopping at Woking) you will be in the capital in 30 mins!

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Guildford Shopping

  • Saturday Market

    There are several markets held in Guildford, and the town also has a number of locations where stalls operate, not always North Street. It was busy on North street, even though we were there at about 15:30, so near to packing up time. The stalls vary, fruit & veg, meat and clothing.

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  • Ethical and handmade organic chocolate

    This fab boutique is located along a small alley way just off the Guildford High Street. The alley is so narrow, you might walk past the shop, but that would be shame, since you'd miss something great.Their entire range is organic and it's hand made in Sussex. The cocoa comes from the Dominican Republic. The company is enviromentally minded and...

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  • One of Guildford's main attractions...

    On a warm sunny day it seems the thing to do in Guildford is to go shopping on High Street. I must admit that even though shopping's not really my thing, there always seems to be a nice and vibrant atmosphere on this charming cobbled street, thanks mostly to students who come to spend the day and evening downtown. No matter how busy it gets, it's...

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Guildford Warnings and Dangers

  • it's all ups and downs in Guildford!

    If you have mobility problems or find walking up and down hills difficult then maybe Guildford isnt the town for you to visit - it is VERY hilly. Guildford is set in a valley of the Surrey Downs and even the High Street can be challenging to walk up if you are feeling tired.

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  • Lost in Guilfest - found under hat

    A sun hat is a good idea as there is very little shade to be had in the park. There are a multitude of styles available and no one cares what you look like so take your pick! They range from £5 up to £15 and there are loads of stalls selling them so look around before you buy!

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  • The wearing of flip flops...

    ... is not advised, especially when it's been raining and the ground is muddy!. Also, there is too much litter around and you have to watch your step. Probably best to wear wellington boots!! Note to self: buy wellies for next festival!

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Guildford Off The Beaten Path

  • Puttenham

    Puttenham is a small village in Surrey which lies halfway between Guildford and Farnham, and is a good place to stop for a break if you are walking between the two towns. The pub on the main street, The Good Intent, serves meals, though we only stopped for a drink as we’d already eaten. The pub was very busy though we did find a spot in the beer...

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  • Go to Godalming, a town 3miles/5k from...

    A useful travel tip re Guildford ?Easy ... Go to Godalming ... it's way better !Please have a look at my homepage section for info and pictures of Godalming !There will probably be no further updates though, as I am sure that I will have upset someone in Guildford, and I go there regularly! I will have to adopt a fiendishly cunning disguise ...

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  • "Through the Looking Glass"

    When walking the castle grounds you will come upon a small monument called “Though the Looking Glass”. In 1868 a certain C.L. Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, rented a house on Castle Hill a stone throw away called The Chestnuts. It can be easily spotted by the prominent blue door. His first children’s book “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland”...

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Guildford Favorites

  • avoiding arrest!

    we took a mate into guildford for his birthday and he managed to write himself off. so we sneakily took the canal path back to the university to avoid him being locked up for being drunk and disorderly! ps. we gave him a kebab once we got back to campus and he managed to walk home by himself - woke up the next morning with a traffic cone on his...

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  • Hiking from Guildford to Farnham

    On a beautiful spring day we walked from Guildford to Farnham, along parts of the North Downs Way and through some scenic Surrey countryside. Farnham to Guildford is often considered the first leg of the 153 miles long North Downs Way. We didn’t keep strictly to the North Downs Way as we were following a guided walk from the book “Country Walks...

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  • Surrey Hills Days Out

    I have just discovered this wonderful page written by the Surrey Hills Website. It describes how to have a day out in Guildford (and other Surrey Hills towns and villages) and has many more links than I could think of as well as many more ideas. Check it out - they know the beauty of Surrey! http://www.surreyhills.org/itineraries/guildford.asp

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